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Police appeal for witnesses after fatal road accident

Cumbria Police are appealing for witnesses after a motorcyclist died following a collision with a police van.

The accident happened on the A590 between Melton and Lindal at about 10.30 on Friday night.

Scott Gibson, 23, from Barrow in Furness died at the scene.

On behalf of Cumbria Police I would like to extend our sympathies to the family and friends of Scott Daniel Gibson, who tragically died last night, all our thoughts are with those who knew him.

– Chief Inspector David Bosson, Cumbria Police

Borders bike crash victim named

The motorcyclist who died in a collision near Selkirk on Sunday (14th July) has been named as John Southern, from Blyth, Northumberland.

The 60-year-old was riding his Triumph Tiger when he was involved in a collision with a Seat Leon car on the A699 Selkirk to St Boswells Road, near to Lindean, at around 4.30pm.

Mr Southern was taken to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary by air ambulance but later died.

The three people in the Seat Leon were taken to Borders General Hospital for treatment to minor injuries.

"Mr Southern was travelling in a large group of motorbikes on the A699 Selkirk to St Boswells Road when the collision happened.

"An investigation is underway in order to establish the circumstances, and we are appealing to any witnesses to contact Police Scotland on 101."

– Spokesperson, Police Scotland


Family pay tribute to bike crash victim

Michael Bates Credit: Cumbria Police

The family of a 47-year-old man who was killed in a motorbike accident on Sunday (14th July) have paid tribute to him.

Michael Bates, from Kelso, was involved in a collision with another motorcycle and a tractor, on the A683 outside of the Fat Lamb hotel in Ravenstonedale, Cumbria.

Mr Bates was taken to the James Cook Hospital in Middlesborough by air ambulance, but died of his injuries.

The family of Michael Bates said:

"It is with great sadness that Michael has so tragically been taken from us.

"A keen motorcyclist for several years with a zest for life. Michael who loved both home and work life will be sorely missed by his wife Jacqueline, sons Tom and Mick and daughters Jo and Sophie.

A 45-year-old man was also treated for minor injuries and was taken to Berwick Hospital.

The 20-year-old driver of the tractor did not require hospital treatment.

Anyone who witnessed the incident is asked to contact Cumbria Police on 101 and ask to speak to PC 895 Andy Ivison or Sergeant 1204 Jo Walker of the Northern roads policing unit.

Biker critical after A72 crash

A motorcyclist is seriously ill in hospital after a crash on the A72 near Peebles.

The accident happened yesterday at around 1pm between Peebles and Blyth Bridge.

The 52 year old biker was airlifted to hospital in Edinburgh where he's in a critical condition.

No other vehicle is thought to be involved.

Scottish Borders police are appealing for witnesses to the accident.


Tributes to biker who died following a collision in Cumbria

Keith Graham Credit: Cumbria Police

The family of a man who died after he was killed when the motorbike he was riding was involved in an accident have paid tribute to him. They have said he was a man who 'brought so much joy and laughter.'

Keith Thomas Graham, 45, of East End, Kirkbampton, Carlisle was riding his black Aprilia Tuono motorcycle on the C class road between Burgh-by-Sands and Boustead Hill on Tuesday 22 May when, at around 7.10pm, he was involved in a collision with livestock.

Mr Graham suffered very serious injuries and sadly passed away in the Cumberland Infirmary Carlisle yesterday, Monday 28 May 2012.His family said:

“Keith was loved, respected and admired by all who knew him.

"Never will there be a man who is more sorely missed, not just by the family but by an entire community of people

“It is with great sadness that we have to say goodbye to a man who brought so much joy and laughter to everyone who had the privilege of knowing him."

Police are supporting Mr Graham’s family and are continuing to investigate the circumstances surrounding the collision